Officials Talk Fire Preparedness

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's been a year since one of the worst fire seasons on record.

On Tuesday, members of Midland County, businesses and state officials all met to talk preparedness for this year and the future.

Midland County Judge Mike Bradford and several other community members listened to presentations from state officials about being ready for anything.

Chris Barron, Executive Director of the State Firefighters and Fire Marshals' Association, tells NewsWest 9 making sure fire departments including volunteer units are ready to fight wildfires will help keep a community safe.

Barron also highlighted the need and importance of well-equipped volunteer firefighters.

He says making sure everyone, even local businesses, are ready to help in battling fires locally is the key in safety.

"We want to make sure that we're prepared and the local folks here are prepared to fight fires if needed, but also make sure their fire departments have the equipment, fuel and protective clothing they need in case of wildfires," Barron said.

Barron highlighted the fact that volunteer units make up over 70 percent of state firefighters in Texas.

He goes on to say fire protective clothing is key in preventing death in the line of duty for firefighters.